The claim: Democrats removed Nancy Pelosi from office
Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is often the target of online misinformation. One recent case is a Facebook video that claims she has been removed from office by her fellow Democrats.
“NEW! Congress ERUPTS as House Democrats KICKS (sic) Nancy Pelosi from Office,” reads the Sept. 27 Facebook video's title. The video was viewed more than 50,000 times in two days.
Another version of this video was viewed more than 30,000 times before it was deleted.
But this claim is false. Numerous sources prove Pelosi is still an active member of Congress. The Facebook video provides no evidence to support its claim.
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USA TODAY reached out to the user who made the claim for comment.
Array of evidence shows Pelosi is still in office
On top of that, Pelosi's spokesman released statements on Sept. 28 and Sept. 29 identifying her as the speaker, and C-SPAN footage shows her presiding in the House on the morning of Sept. 29, two days after the Facebook post was published.
If Pelosi were to be expelled from Congress, the House would need to achieve a two-thirds majority vote, according to the House’s website. There is no evidence any proceedings resembling this process have begun.
Only five members of Congress have ever been expelled.
The Facebook video does not provide any evidence to support the claim that Pelosi has been ousted from Congress. Instead, it consists of two unrelated clips. The first clip shows a TV host talking about Democratic California Rep. Maxine Waters, while the second shows conservative commentator Ben Shapiro talking about a comment Pelosi made about former President Donald Trump.
This isn’t the first time claims about Pelosi’s supposed exit from Congress have surfaced. Previous posts have falsely claimed the Supreme Court voted to remove her from office and that Trump filed an “impeachment lawsuit” against her.
USA TODAY reached out to Pelosi’s team for comment.
Our rating: False
Based on our research, we rate FALSE the claim that Democrats removed Pelosi from office. There is no evidence to support the claim, and numerous sources prove she remains in Congress.
Our fact-check sources:
Santa Fe New Mexican, Aug. 22, Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon Fire 100 percent contained, fire officials say
KRQE, Sept. 26, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, officials meet with wildfire victims
Wayback Machine, accessed Sept.27, Sept. 26 House FloorCast
Wayback Machine, accessed Sept. 29, Sept. 28 HouseFloorCast
Wayback Machine, accessed Sept. 29, Sept. 29 House FloorCast
Nancy Pelosi website, Sept. 26, Pelosi Remarks Following Roundtable on Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire
Congressional Research Service, June 27, 2017, Expulsion, Censure, Reprimand, and Fine: Legislative Discipline in the House of Representatives
House of Representatives, accessed Sept. 28, Discipline & Punishment
Nancy Pelosi website, Sept. 29, Pelosi Spokesman Statement on House Republican Leadership Press Conference
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Fact check: No, Nancy Pelosi was not removed from office by Democrats